DEATH FLIGHT (TV) (1977 USA)
AKA "SST: Death Flight"
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Directed by David Lowell Rich
Starring: Bert Convy, Peter Graves, Tina Louise, Burgess Meredith, Doug McClure, Robert Reed, Susan Strasberg, Billy Crystal
Genres: Disaster, In Flight
93 minutes | Full Screen | Color | English
Death Flight was originally known as SST: Death Flight when it was first telecast February 25, 1977. Though fairly expensive so far as TV movies go, the film is brought down to earth by its standard B-flick plot. On its maiden flight, America's first supersonic transport runs into deadly danger high in the sky-and may never get to land. In true Airport fashion, the plane is populated with celebrities (at least by TV standards): Barbara Anderson, Bert Convy, Peter Graves, Lorne Greene, Tina Louise, George Maharis, Burgess Meredith, Doug McClure, Martin Milner, Robert Reed, Susan Strasberg, Billy Crystal, and even Regis Philbin. The film's working title was Death of the Maiden, but this was too close to Death and the Maiden, the 90-minute pilot episode of the 1973 Jimmy Stewart TV series Hawkins. Death Flight was later syndicated as SST: Disaster in the Sky.